Post Professional OTD Program Overview

Admissions questions? Contact us at ph. 800.252.5119 ext. 6100 | admissions@brenau.edu
OTD questions? Contact Louise Dunn at ph. 678.707.5009 | ldunn@brenau.edu

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This 36-credit doctoral program will prepare practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners who are evidence-based leaders.  Graduates will have the skills needed to promote, develop, and manage clinical research, educate clients, families, and communities, or become a manager or entrepreneur.  Advanced practice courses will be offered in pediatrics, neuroscience/neuro rehab, and community practice, among others. Students will be required to attend one two to three day weekend on campus each semester, with the rest of the coursework completed online. Students will take two courses per semester, year round, and can complete the degree in two years.

*2 Year, 36 Credit Clinical Doctoral Program – 3 Semesters per Year
*2 Courses per Semester – 3 Credits per Course
*Nationally Recognized Faculty
*Primarily Online Work
*One On-Ground 2-Day Weekend Each Semester

Two Levels of Entry

1. Direct Entry – Master’s degree

  • MOT: Direct entry into OTD program.
  • MSOT (with significant research component): May have up to 9 credits considered toward OTD from prior advanced graduate work.

2. Provisional Entry

  • BSOT:  Requires 30 graduate credits (which we can help you find and pursue) before official entry in OTD.

Admission Requirements

  1. Currently practicing and licensed occupational therapist
  2. Master’s degree or at least 30 credits of graduate coursework, and official transcripts
  3. Minimum overall GPA in college and graduate coursework of 3.0
  4. Letter of application describing professional goals, interests and potential contributions to occupational therapy practice

Application Process

  • Questions about the application process should be directed to Jamie Cushway, OTD Admissions Specialist at 770-534-6188 or via email jcushway@brenau.edu.
  • All prospective OTD students will apply to the Program through the Office of Graduate Admissions using the free Brenau application. Apply now using this link to the graduate application. The Program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 with an application deadline of July 15, 2016.  Applications for Fall 2017 are also being accepted.
  • Applicants should request a copy of their Official Transcripts from all previous institutions. Have transcripts sent directly to the Brenau Office of Admissions, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Required documentation to be sent to:

Brenau University
Office of Admissions
500 Washington Street
Gainesville, GA 30501

Electronic copies can be emailed to admissions@brenau.edu.

  1. Copy of State license
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Letter of Intent

Supplemental Documentation to be emailed to Dr. Louise Dunn, OTD ProgramDirector

  • Contact information for 3 professional references who can attest to your clinical experience, job responsibilities, verbal and written skills, and leadership potential.
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Chanequa is an experienced practitioner pursuing an OTD to advance her career through leadership and professional development. She says "Brenau's OTD program will expand your current knowledge through investigating and analyzing the latest research, critiquing and deepening your practice, cultivating your leadership skills, and encouraging innovative ideas to move the profession forward."

“Brenau’s OTD program will expand your current knowledge through investigating and analyzing the latest research, critiquing and deepening your practice, cultivating your leadership skills, and encouraging innovative ideas to move the profession forward” Says Chanequa Thomas, left in the picture above. Chanequa is an experienced practitioner pursuing an OTD to advance her career through leadership and professional development.

Curriculum:

18 Credits (6 Courses) Of Required Core Coursework

  • Professional Reasoning
  • Scholarship of Practice
  • Occupational Science and Occupation-Based Practice
  • Leadership, Ethics and Advocacy
  • Teaching in Practice, Community & Classroom
  • Program Development & Systems

12 Credits (4 courses)  Of Advanced Electives

Courses offered will vary depending upon student needs and interests. Possible courses include:

  • Occupational Therapy and Services for Children and Youth
  • Vision and Occupation
  • Current Research in Pediatric Neuroscience and Developmental Disorders
  • Advanced Theory, Research and Practice in Sensory Integration
  • Motor Control issues in Childhood
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Advanced Anatomy of the Upper Limb
  • OT For Individuals with Upper Extremity Impairments
  • Motor Control and Occupational Performance
  • Aging In Place Across The Lifespan
  • Cognitive/Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Performance
  • Occupational Justice
  • Assistive Technology across the Lifespan
  • Program Development
  • Funding for Occupational Therapy Services

6 Credits of Capstone Seminar and Project

This will be crafted around your interests, goals and area of practice.

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